Fairfield Village will soon be filled with the hustle and bustle of pedestrians visiting the many exhibits the small town has to offer.
Fairfield Village is the historic heart of the Warren County A&L Fair. Its origins date back to the mid-1980s. The Harrison Plantation Hut was built in the early 1800s. It was the main plantation house and the first historic building moved to the fairgrounds.
“We took over the Fairfield Photography Shoppe two years ago,” said Brad Walker, director of the Magness Library. “We really enjoyed working on it in 2019 and putting on an exhibition. This will be our second year.
The theme of the photography is people and animals.
“We would like to identify the people in the photos,” said photo archivist Carol Caldwell. “It is always one of the goals to exhibit photos from the Brady, Hughes and Beasley Archives. We know some people, but not all.
One of the unidentified photos is of a man with his family, wife and triplets. Two photos are on display: one of him and his sons surrounded by muskrat skins and the other is a family portrait with them in their “Sunday Best”.
The clues include the hunting license of the man he wore on the bib of his overalls in the photo that dated from the photo 84 years ago. Its license number is 52522 and was issued for the 1937-38 season.
“It would be great if we could identify him and his family,” Walker said. “We contacted the Tennessee State Department of Fish and Game, but they did not have any records at the time. Maybe someone will recognize them. “
Fairfield Village is also home to other shacks, a church, blacksmith shop, country store, fairground office, post office, telephone company, radio station, hospital, Fraley’s and the Southern Standard.
Most of the buildings in Fairfield Village were constructed or moved to the fairgrounds in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, the town has continued to be a popular destination for visitors to the show.